BARN DANCE- OZARK TRADITIONS

  
   
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             Ozark Traditions is a Traditional American All-Star Old Time String Band
This premier old time dance band has quickly gained a reputation for their incredibly high spirited
and provocative square and contra dance medleys. Their music is captivating and hart hitting, yet
rhythmically sophisticated. This trio, specializing in indigenous Missouri fiddle tunes will keep your
feet tapping with their infectious syncopated rhythms and spontaneous interpretations of the old tunes.

                               Musicians
                          

Billy Mathews
-Fiddle- Billy has been performing as a professional musician for the past 30 years and has recorded 9 different albums.  He toured with the internationally acclaimed band,
The Skirtlifters, for a decade and has shared the stage with many noteworthy musicians, and has preformed at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country.

Barbara Weathers- Guitar- A native of Springfield, Missouri, she is know for her feisty and exuberant style.  Having conducted her musical apprenticeship with musicians ranging from Ava jig-dance fiddler Bob Holt to Kentucky fiddle and banjo player, Clyde Davenport.  Barbara   
has drawn from a diverse range of styles to create a unique sound which is as listenable as it is danceable.  She studied under Art Galbraith in the Missouri Folk Arts Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program and has played with many of the "greats."

Tom Hall-Claw Hammer Banjo- Tom's solid rhythm roots transfer easily to the 5 string banjo, which results in an electrifying effect when combined with Billy's creativity on the fiddle.  He is known in his hometown of St. Louis for his finger style guitar playing on his National Steel that has brought him acclaim, from appearances on National Public Radio's "Good Evening, America" to the stages he's shared with the Neville Brothers, Count Basie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Albert King and others.